The Modern Day Scarlet Letter: A Critical Analysis of Modern Probation Conditions

Jon A. Brilliant
1989 Duke law journal  
There can be no outrage, methinks, against our common nature,whatever be the delinquencies of the individual,-no outrage more flagrant than to forbid the culprit to hide his face for shame; as it was the essence of this punishment to do. 1 But the point which drew all eyes, and, as it were, transfigured the wearer,-so that both men and women, who had been familiarly acquainted with Hester Prynne, were now impressed as if they beheld her for the first time,-was that SCARLET LETTER, so
more » ... TTER, so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom. It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and enclosing her in a sphere by herself. 2
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